After much “cowering, running and pulling a skedaddle” (oh, Captain Smek got no chill), a date has been fixed for the finals of the Aso Villa Demo Day, an event aimed at celebrating some of the best Nigerians in technology innovation and creativity.
The date is Friday, September 2, 2016. The finalists will be unveiled right in front of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari at the State House Conference Center, Abuja.
— Aso Villa Demo Day (@AsoVillaDemoDay) August 28, 2016
The President will host the startups as they pitch to an enthusiastic audience of investors, incubators, public and private sector decision makers.
The event will be an avenue for the startups to get the needed resources to move to the next level.
Aside the pitch session, the event will also feature inspiring talks from thought leaders and experts from different economic sectors in Nigeria.
In preparation for the event, the selected startups will attend a 2-day bootcamp at Ventures Platform, an Abuja based innovation hub I described as unusually stylish in this piece, from August 31 – September 1, 2016.
The image below shows the 30 startups selected to pitch to the President on that date.
The Aso Villa Demo Day is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, job creation and economic growth through the use of new and emerging technologies. It is an initiative of the Presidency.